Gandhamardan Hills declared third Biodiversity Heritage Site

Published on March 28, 2023
Current Context: In India, Biodiversity Heritage Sites (BHS) are notified areas of biodiversity importance. The Indian State Government can notify the Biodiversity Heritage Sites in consultation with local governing bodies under Section 37 of Biological Diversity Act of 2002
Gandhamardan Hills declared third Biodiversity Heritage Site
  • This hill range, which is known as "Ayurvedic Paradise", has become the 37th Biodiversity Heritage Site of India.
  • Earlier Mandsaru Gorge in Kandhamal district was notified in 2019 followed by Mahendragiri hills in 2022.
  • The Odisha government has declared Gandhamardan hill spread over 18,963.898 hectares in Bolangir and Bargarh districts as the third Biodiversity Heritage Site of the state.


Q.1 What is the name of the hill that has been declared as the third biodiversity heritage site in Odisha?
a. Gandhamardan hill 
b. Bolangir hill 
c. Bargarh hill
d. None of these

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